Professor Dineo Gqola

NRF Chair in African Feminist Imaginations

Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola is Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies and the NMU-DSI-NRF SARChI Chair in African Feminist Imaginations. She has previously been Professor of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Classical Culture at the University of the Free State, and Chief Research Specialist in the Societies, Culture and Identities Research Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council. A graduate of the Universities of Cape Town and Warwick, UK, she also holds a DPhil in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Munich (LMU) in Germany.

 Gqola is the author of the ground-breaking study on slave memory in South Africa, what is slavery to me? Postcolonial/Slave memory in postapartheid South Africa (Wits University Press, 2010) and the landmark Rape: A South African Nightmare (MF Books/Jacana, 2015) which won the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for Non-Fiction. Her other books are A Renegade Called Simphiwe (MF Books/Jacana, 2013) and Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist (MF Books/Jacana, 2017). Most recently, she released Miriam Tlali: Writing Freedom with HSRC Press, an introductory text on the pioneering Black South African feminist novelist, short story writer and essayist Miriam Masoli Tlali, and Female Fear Factory with MF Books (in Southern Africa).